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Author
Garry Wills.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780143119890
Pages/Publication Date 195/2010
Daedalus Item Code 30344
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Illuminating and provocative, this memoir from the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and historian who gave us Lincoln at Gettysburg is a chronicle of an original thinker at work in remarkable times. Garry Wills brings history to life, whether writing about the civil rights movement, 1960s protests, or close-up studies of the people from Barry Goldwater to Beverly Sills, Richard Nixon to John Waters. Wills shares, as only the best raconteurs can, stories of the fascinating people he has observed over 50 years of reporting.

"This is an episodic but completely captivating collection by the prolific journalist, historian, political columnist, and practicing Catholic Wills. Now 76, he writes an intensely opinionated re-evaluation of leaders he has encountered (surprisingly favorable for some, such as Nixon, whom he called "an intellectually serious and prepared candidate"), autobiographical reminiscences, and insightful, mostly admiring essays on important people in his life, including Studs Terkel (shrewd about politicians, generous to his friends); Beverly Sills and her popular mother, known as Mama Sills; his father (fearless, resilient, fun); and his loving tribute to his wife of 50 years. As for William Buckley, Wills began writing for his conservative National Review in 1957, but his 1960s support of civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam War produced a rupture. He describes how, with Buckley's sister Priscilla as intermediary, Wills and Buckley touchingly resumed their friendship before the latter's death in 2008. The book does not recycle old articles, although it includes outtakes, unprintable at the time, such as material about Nixon's marital troubles, omitted from an Esquire article during the 1968 presidential campaign."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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